By Hannah Empie
Just days before Easter, the Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire and people around the globe watched in disbelief. The 15-hour blaze ended in no deaths and with a fallen steeple.
French companies and wealthy families have already pledged as much as €700 million, approximately $790 million, and the number continues to climb. Also, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has pledged $100,000 to its restoration. President of France, Emmanuel Macron said that he wants the Notre Dame Cathedral repaired in as quickly as five years.
The White House issued an official statement offering “assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization”. However, the statement was met with backlash as citizens expressed the desire to pay attention to domestic issues first.
Following the blaze, many turned to Twitter to express strong opinions about whether or not that this fire is really considered a tragedy.
Some are skeptical at the amount of money being pledged to repair the roof of the cathedral, mentioning the fire of the Grenfell towers fire in England. The Grenfell fire killed as many as 72 people and although it happened two years ago, its victims are still hurting. The public wonders why there wasn’t the same outpour of help from these generous donors.
On the other hand, Catholics and Christians, even those not a part of the faith, take time to mourn the history of the historic cathedral and its relics inside. Fellow GRCC student, Lindsay Mersman, 20, of Grand Rapids, says “the fire was really sad because it holds lots of history. I think that rebuilding it will make new history for it, which would be cool.”